Once a monarchy is to be defended like a Lindsay Lohan, the country that ultimately depends on it for stability will end up in far worse places than rehab.Besides more than enough skin, pictures of a half naked Kate Middleton have revealed why Canada still needs the monarchy. Not so much because of the recent exploits of Prince Harry and Kate Middleton, but because of Canadians' attempts to excuse them and, by implication, excuse the impacts they have on our country.
Canada needs the monarchy because Canadians know more about the Royal family's mammories than they they do about the stability the Queen provides to our political system. The public's seemingly loose attitude towards Kate Middleton's and Prince Harry's escapades only strengthen the justification for an ultimate authority that is not subject to Canadians ever-growing obsession with celebrity and ever-declining interest in how a proper parliamentary government should function.
The monarchy within Canada's political system is designed to provide stability in a parliamentary environment that often lacks it. When governments can fall on any vote, when winners of elections can be unclear, when prorogations threaten our democracy, it is the non-partisan monarchy with the final authority that ensures a stable country.
As the monarchy itself is not elected on merit, and whose own absolute authority is only checked by revolution, the monarchy's behaviour must always be seen as the most proper, the most orderly and the most rational. The recent pictures released by a French magazine of Kate Middleton topless, added to the growing list of misdeeds of Prince Harry, affects the authority that underpins our government.
Those that defend Kate Middleton and all those that defend her brother-in-law's exploits belittle the legitimacy of the monarch's authority. If it is not of the highest repute, if our Royals are just like us, they should not, and would not, deserve their position. Once a monarchy is to be defended like a Lindsay Lohan, the country that ultimately depends on it for stability will end up in far worse places than rehab.
Of course the proper behaviour of the monarchy can and should evolve over time, Kate Middleton's recent media exposure could be argued as such. But because it isn't and because the general public is caring more and more about defending celebrities than defending the proper role of government, democratic crises are inevitable. But as long as instability is inevitable, so is Canada need for a monarchy.